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Five Things to Do for Family Literacy Day

Jan. 23 2024

January 27 is Family Literacy Day, an occasion to promote families reading and learning together. All over Canada, events and activities will take place to encourage parents, grandparents, and everyone else to read with young family members.  

It’s important for children to be supported and for reading to be a fun part of everyday life. Early interest in books is shown to lead to an ongoing interest in reading and learning.  

United for Literacy is celebrating Family Literacy Day with our community partners across Canada.  

  1. Prince Edward Island – Indoor Reading Tent and Free Book Fair 

We’re hosting an indoor reading tent,  where we’ll read books out loud and have some fun and simple post-reading activities, like colouring, for the kids.  
We will also be hosting a Free Book Fair,  where tables with books donated by United for Literacy, as well as bookmarks and other items for kids to take home. 


Saturday, January 27 
12:30pm - 2pm 


Montague Rotary Library 
21 Sullivan Lane 
Montague, PE  

Follow United for Literacy Atlantic Canada on Facebook to find out more about our programs and events. 

  1. Nova Scotia – Family Literacy Day 

We’re hosting fun family activities, giving away books, and featuring the book The ABC’s of North Preston, an amazing community project and book with words and art by the students of Nelson Whynder Elementary School in North Preston. 

Age 0-5  

  • Puppet show - 10:20am and 11:20am  
  • Jump Jiggle and Jive - 10:50am and 12:10pm 

Age 6-12  

  • Young Cooks - 10:20am and 11:20am  
  • Brilliant Labs - 11:20am  
  • Loose Parts - 10:20am, 10:50am, 11:20am, and 12:10pm 


Saturday, January 27  
10am - 1pm 


BGC of Greater Halifax  
60 Farrell Street 
Dartmouth, NS 

Follow United for Literacy Atlantic Canada on Facebook to find out more about our programs and events. 

  1. Montreal/Online - Lire/Imagine/Read at the MCH: Making an Impact Through Early Literacy 

A webinar hosted by Montreal Children’s Hospital featuring presenters from the fields of healthcare and literacy to discuss the Canadian Pediatric Society’s (CPS) position statement on children’s early experiences with books and reading and introduce some of Montreal’s local organizations (including United for Literacy) that promote early literacy.  


  • Dr. May Khairy, MDCM, FRCPC, Pediatrician  

  • Dr. Isaac Elias, serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation 

  • Asha Dixit, Executive Director, Fraser Hickson Institute (Minibiblioplus) 

  • Nora Amar, Instructor Coordinator for the National Online Adult Learning (NOAL), United for Literacy / Littératie Ensemble  

Wednesday, January 24  
12pm – 1pm  


Follow United for Literacy in Quebec on Facebook to find out more about our programs and events. 

  1. Thunder Bay – Celebrate Family Literacy Day 

Friday is a PA Day for school boards in Thunder Bay, and we’re hosting Family Literacy Day event at the Country Park Library featuring activities and learning resources for the whole family. There will also be scheduled Storytimes for kids to enjoy a story read out loud. 


Friday, January 26  
10am – 2pm 


County Park Library 
Country Fair Plaza 
Thunder Bay, ON  

Follow United for Literacy in Thunder Bay on Facebook for more information. 

5. Visit ABC Life Literacy’s website for more information about Family Literacy Day and ways to celebrate at home. They have compiled 10 Ways to Celebrate 25 Years of Family Literacy Day, with the theme Let’s Have a Family Party! It lists ways for families to learn together while having fun, including creating invitations and making food. It’s the 25th year of Family Literacy Day, so it’s a great reason to celebrate literacy-related activities for the family.  

Two older people read with two children
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